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kind. pilots will test their navigation abilities during welcome to "world news." tonight, vanished. another passenger plane disappears from the sky. this one, in tough, dangerous desert. and tonight, there is breaking news of the search for the third airline to suffer a disaster in a week. what happened this time? also tonight, hundreds of families run for cover after a tornado and giant hail demolish their campground. out of step. the huge scandal hitting one of the most famous and dazzling marching bands in the country. and, what about me? the new science that proves your dog may be the most jealous member of your family. ♪ yes i'm the jealous kind good evening to you on this thursday night.
and we come on the air with news almost impossible to believe. another plane tragedy, the third in one week. and at this moment, we have breaking news on that passenger jet that seemed to have vanished over a vast desert, north of timbuktu in africa. right now, reports are streaming in that search teams may have located the wreckage, amid questions about powerful storms near where the plane was flying. abc's david kerley, who covers aviation, has the new clues coming in. >> reporter: the race was on all day to find wreckage. two french fighter jets looking for any sign of this plane, or survivors, in the sahara desert in mali. it was the red eye taking off just before 1:00 a.m. from the small country of burkina faso heading to algeria. the md-83 was about 50 minutes into flight when a call came in from the pilots to change course because of the strong storms. according to the french, at 1:47, the jet drops off radar,
disappearing. this is what the jetliner with 110 passengers and a crew of six was flying into. heavy sand storms. the french foreign minister says the jet likely crashed but would not rule out any cause. among the possibilities? terrorism. mali is designated by the u.s. as a dangerous area to fly, home to an al qaeda affiliate. but while they may have shoulder-launched missiles like these, they can't reach a jet at high altitude, where the md-83 was flying. fliers may be fearful with this flurry of aviation accidents. first, in march, malaysia 370 goes missing over the indian ocean. and in just the past week, that other malaysian 777 shot down over ukraine. yesterday, a plane crashes on a taiwanese island in a typhoon, killing 48. and if this africa crash was weather, should you be worried? experts say jetliners are designed to make it through strong storms, but they should be avoided by pilots. >> the normal procedure is, you fly around large thunderstorms.
and particularly sand storms are really bad, because the sand is ingested in the engines and it can create a problem. >> reporter: jet liners are tested to survive even lightning, as we learned at a boeing lab. and in the u.s., every two hours -- >> west coast, low ceilings of fog moved out. >> reporter: the faa, from its command center, is talking about storms and other problems with airlines. airlines which man their own command centers around the country, keeping jets on the safest route. while this wreckage may have been found tonight, and more than 100 may have been killed, experts see no trend here, and say flying remains extremely safe. in fact, last year, 3 billion people flew. there were only 210 fatalities worldwide. diane? >> again, it's been an incredible week. and thank you so much, david kerley. and back here at home now, the severe weather. terrifying hundreds of families at a camp site and through the east, violent lightning, giant hail. abc's meteorologist ginger zee has it all, including the
campers running for cover. >> something crazy is going on outside! >> reporter: chaos at the campground. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: an ef-1 tornado, winds up to 100 miles per hour, tearing across the eastern shore of virginia, killing a couple from new jersey and injuring more than two dozen people. >> look at the tree, it's on that guy's camper! >> reporter: the winds, twisting trailers and mangling trees. golf ball-sized hail accompanying a frightening soundtrack to the storm. more than 1,300 panicked campers huddling for safety. >> we're in a 37-foot motorhome. and it started rolling back and forth, and we're hearing stuff slamming. >> reporter: a countywide state of emergency. >> we're in the eye of this tornado, pretty much is what it felt like and it seemed like. it was scary. >> reporter: ambulances rushing in. >> we've got at least 20 people
in a re-triage area, we're still finding more. >> copy, command. we have mass casualty response. >> reporter: from the air, a view of the destruction. winds snapping trees like toothpicks and flipping this tractor trailer. all of this on the heels of strong storms wednesday night in the northeast. skies opening up over yankee stadium. >> it is dangerous conditions now at yankee stadium. >> reporter: at the famed saratoga springs racetrack in new york, spectators clearing out just moments before lightning demolished this tree. >> it just exploded, like somebody put some dynamite or something in it and just blew it up. >> reporter: and the severe thunderstorms are on again tonight in the southeast and also back out in pockets of the west. so let's go ahead and look at that. here for parts of north carolina and virginia, we even have warnings out. but watch for the next couple of hours along that cold front. and then back off to the west, we do see anywhere from montana all the way to iowa, a risk this evening into the overnight hours.
the cold front, that would be part of the instigator, is also instigating windy conditions. so, the red flag warnings all from montana back to nevada, a big issue tonight. and diane, the heat still baking in the southwest. tomorrow, not as hot, but 110 at yuma is something to note. >> all right, ginger, thank you. and you talked about the heat out west, so, let's turn to the heat there, and of course, it's fueling wildfires, turning the dry earth into a tinderbox. and tonight, a new report reveals just how many family homes could be at risk as the danger of fire increases. here's abc's brandi hitt. >> reporter: a scorching heat wave is baking the west. >> it is almost unbearable. >> it's like a sauna. literally is like a sauna. >> reporter: phoenix breaking records today with temperatures topping 116 degrees. and parts of southern california sizzling to 119. the extreme heat striking as firefighters battle 33 large wildfires in seven states. four in washington alone.
sizzling temperatures combined with severe drought, and a fire fight that's breaking budgets. a new report shows the cost of fighting fires has quadrupled, jumping from $440 million in 1985 to more than $1.7 billion last year. and 60% of all new homes built since 1990 are in high fire-risk area, with 1.2 million homes in the danger zone. >> these fires are going to consume us much more rapidly, much more frequently and with greater intensity. and we are going to have to build our infrastructure to respond to them. >> reporter: and peak fire season is just beginning. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. and now, we head overseas to the conflict in the middle east. tonight, u.s. airlines are starting to fly into tel aviv once more. that 48-hour ban has been lifted. but searing news is pouring in of another deadly hit in gaza. this time, a strike on a u.n. shelter, where families were huddled inside.
abc's david wright is on the ground in gaza for us tonight. >> reporter: today at jabalia hospital, there were so many casualties, they had to stack them two to a bed. mothers and grandmothers and grandchildren. they had sought refuge from this war at a u.n. school. today, their safe haven came under attack. this is one of the smaller local hospitals, but you can see how stretched they are for resources. only 13 beds in this emergency room. today, they got more than 70 injured. many of them just children. this father begged the busy doctors to please tend to his son. the boy is 13 years old. in all, more than 100 injured. 16 dead. in this one attack alone. this is where it happened. the buildings, clearly marked with u.n. colors, blue and white. we saw shrapnel in the courtyard. and blood. but no one here.
the refugees fled, leaving their few belongings behind. stray horses rummaged through them for food. the u.n. is outraged, telling us they passed the school's location to israeli forces 13 times, including this morning. >> where else can these people go? we are the ref ewe of last resort for them. if they are not safe with us, where are they safe? >> reporter: but israel says it warned the u.n. to evacuate this particular school. that it had to strike militant targets nearby, as part of its effort to stop hamas from firing rockets into israel. of course, the people had nowhere to go. and tonight, these children are homeless again. david wright, abc news, beit hanoun, gaza. and back here at home tonight, a fast-thinking doctor is being credited for stopping a gunman who opened fire at a hospital near philadelphia. investigators say a patient with psychiatric problems killed his caseworker this afternoon.
police believe the doctor fired back in self-defense, using his own gun. both men were wounded in the shootout. other doctors wrestled the gun away from the patient. and tonight, the debate over capital punishment is taking a startling new turn. a federal judge calling for a return to firing squads. this happens as another faulty execution in arizona dragged on for nearly two hours. and today, abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tracked down that judge who says his idea is very serious. >> reporter: tonight, the state of arizona is investigating why it took so long to execute this inmate. murderer joseph rudolph wood was supposed to die roughly ten minutes after he was given a lethal injection. instead, it turned into an 117-minute ordeal. >> to watch a man lay there gulping air, at a certain point, you wondered if he was ever going to die. >> reporter: it took so long that 50 minutes in, wood's
attorneys filed an emergency appeal with the u.s. supreme court, in a last ditch effort to save his life. today, wood's lawyer told abc news the execution was unconstitutional. >> for it to take two hours for a man to die, i think, is certainly cruel and unusual. >> reporter: wood's case follows botched executions with similar drugs in ohio and oklahoma in the last six months. and today, a federal appeals judge involved in wood's case told me it's time for a more primitive method. >> bullets work every time. i've never heard of anyone walking away from a firing squad. perhaps it will have more value, because people will actually see the violence in executions. >> reporter: but the family of wood's murder victims don't care at all how he died. in 1989, wood shot gene and debbie dietz, a father and daughter, in the chest at close range in cold blood. >> what's excruciating is seeing your dad laying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister laying there in a pool of blood. that's excruciating.
this man deserved it. >> reporter: to some, wood's lingering death was poetic justice. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and we have an update tonight on that mystery at the landmark brooklyn bridge. those white flags, where bright american flags once flew. well, tonight, investigators say they have the nicknames of up to five suspects. they are still studying surveillance footage from nearby buildings. and tonight, a surprising headline about a marching band that's become a national obsession. ohio state university, their dazzling halftime shows, moves that have fans asking, how do they do that? well, tonight, the band director is out, fired over allegations that a toxic and sexually charged culture loomed behind their astonishing feats. abc's paula faris has the breaking details. ♪ >> reporter: they are the world renowned marching band, known for those wild formations.
everything from spelling out the word "ohio" to michael jackson's logo. ♪ but tonight, alleged bad behavior by some in the ohio state university marching band has left their band director, jon waters, without a job. the university president releasing this video statement. >> very serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the band, creating a hostile environment for students. >> reporter: the allegations involving an annual tradition of members marching in their underwear, under the supervision of marching band staff, including waters. sexually explicit nicknames, and sexually charged skits performed by rookie band members. the investigation was launched just two months ago, after one parent's concern that the band was, quote, sexualized, and claimed the members were made to swear secrecy oaths about objectionable traditions and customs. tonight, waters' attorney tells
abc news his client did nothing wrong. he tried to do the right thing at every turn and claimed much of the behavior existed when he took the job 20 months ago. but tonight, ohio state searching for a replacement, in tune with their university. >> we can and according to our values in title ix, we must do better. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. and still ahead right here, the crime spree caught on camera, the gunman terrorizing drivers, running through the hills. tonight, the tv helicopter called in to help with the chase. and, all in the family. the $20 million lottery winner, keeping a promise to her brothers and sisters, her family. ears. one of our favorite things to do is going to the dog park together. sometimes my copd makes it hard to breathe. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler
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and finally here tonight, the big lottery winner putting her big family first. paying off a promise from the mother they loved. one sister actually had the $20 million ticket, but tonight, her siblings are becoming rich, too. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: meet the endresons of new jersey. a whole bunch of them. >> this is a large family that won. >> reporter: thanks to a little luck and their mother, flossie. >> my mother started this tradition years ago.
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behind me here, the beach and lawn would be filled with people on a warm evening. there is nobody here. same goes for part of the beach over shadow cliff lake both due to water contamination. both very nasty. these ducks don't know what to make of the yellow tape at lake temescal where there is unusually high levels of toxins. some of those who came to cool off didn't realize the lake was closed until they saw signs. >> do you think it's better it's closed? >> definitely. if there is danger. you know? if it's not something we have known implications of, it should be closed. i'd rather be swimming. >> this week's junior camp is also been grounded strictly by land for the next few days >> here